My sister has inspired this post. She really excelled herself with the gifts she gave me for my birthday this year. In honour of it being my 30th she got me 30 gifts all beginning with the letter J to represent my name. The thought, time, and effort that she went to was insane…she even individually wrapped every gift! That was the bit that really floored me because I hate, and I mean hate wrapping presents! I loved it though, it was so fun to unwrap everything and it was such a lovely collection of things. Some were silly such as jelly and jam, others were a little outside of the box like a mug with the letter J on it or a box of jasmine green tea, there was also real treats like a new jumper and jasmine and honey scented perfume. I can honestly say that there was not one thing that I didn’t like which is pretty good going with 30 different items!
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But, as much as I loved the actual gifts I realised that what I really loved was the thought and effort behind the idea. I pride myself on being thoughtful when it comes to gifts as well, for her 30th I put together a box of books, one to read each month until her next birthday. These books were individually wrapped and all with a message explaining why I had picked them. There were instructions to open one each month rather than all at once so she would have monthly treats throughout the year. Another example would be my boyfriend’s 30th birthday where I put together a memory box with 30 different gifts to represent him and us. I put individual tags on each present to explain why it was included. Both of them loved the presents, and again I suspect that it was the thought that really made them smile.
As I write this however, I think of other gifts that I have received over the years, gifts where people have really splurged and treated me. For example my boyfriend got me a new laptop which has been a game changer and my parents got me the most beautiful tree of life necklace that I will never take off, it’s stunning! And these are meaningful in their own right also. They may not have taken as long to prepare, they may not take ages to wrap and then unwrap again, but the thought is definitely there and that makes them special also.
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Overall, I realise that the gifts that matter the most are the ones where people really think about the recipient. Whether big or small, expensive or inexpensive if the thought is there then the gift is meaningful and that is what matters.
This leads me to think about gift vouchers. I’m both guilty of giving them and asking for them, and I suppose it could be argued that there is no thought behind them. However, if you buy one because you want the recipient to get something that they really want but you are unsure of what that is then that is thought in itself, and it makes it a meaningful gift right? It’s better than grabbing something random and hoping for the best isn’t it? I think so.
What I do know is that I hope that I make the important people in my life smile as much with the gifts that I give them as they do for me.
What represents a meaningful gift to you? How do you approach gift giving with the important people in your life? As always I would love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!